“Lawn” – Three illegally built holiday homes in Zelenikovo

 

The Law on Construction prescribes a reverse order, i.e. first an effective building permit, then a construction, and the unlawful activities which do not comply with that order are prescribed and punishable by Article 244a Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code – Unlawful Construing, which is subject of this investigation

 

In the press conference from 22 May 2017, the Special Prosecution Office (SPO) announced that it has launched a new investigation code-named “Lawn”, which involves three suspects for unlawful construction of three luxurious holiday homes in Zelenikovo. One of the suspects, according to Telma TV station is the editor of Sitel TV station, Dragan Pavlovikj – Latas.

During the presentation of the case, the prosecutor Fatime Fetai said that the SPO has initiated a new investigation based on wiretapped conversations, which haven’t been made public, and it involves

a reasonable suspicion of criminal activities of three people for the construction of three holiday homes in the municipality of Zelenikovo, without having the right to such construction, i.e. construction without a building permit. According to the evidence gathered, including satellite imagery, expert analysis thereof, as well as other documents, the construction of these three holiday homes started in 2011, whereas the building permit was obtained by the municipality in 2013, when the construction was completed. The Law on Construction prescribes a reverse order, i.e. first an effective building permit, then a construction, and the unlawful activities which do not comply with that order are prescribed and punishable by Article 244a Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code – Unlawful Construing, which is subject of this investigation.

The entire press conference is available on this link, whereas the media reports regarding this event are available here (in Macedonian).

 


This article was created within the framework of the Project to increase the accountability of the politicians and political parties Truthmeter implemented by Metamorphosis. The article is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy(NED) and The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD), a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an initiative that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe. The content is the responsibility of its author and does not necessarily reflect the views of Metamorphosis, National Endowment for Democracy, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, or its partners.

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